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Law renames Windber bridge for slain state trooper

| Friday, July 11, 2014, 12:11 a.m.

A Windber bridge is being renamed for a state trooper who was fatally shot by a man chased following a drunken traffic accident in 2002.

The Tribune-Democrat of Johnstown reported that the bill was signed into law this week renaming a bridge in Windber the Joseph Sepp Memorial Bridge.

The bridge carries 17th Street over Route 56 in Windber, the borough where the trooper grew up, about 60 miles east of Pittsburgh.

Sepp was a 34-year-old father of three when he was fatally shot by 54-year-old Mark Leach, of New Germany. Leach shot Sepp after refusing to surrender following the accident and a low-speech chase on Nov. 9, 2002, in Ebensburg. Sepp died the next day.

Leach died in October 2011 while serving a life prison term.

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